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West Oneonta

Fire Chief: Smoke Detectors Saved Couple

West Oneonta Fire Chief:

Smoke Alarms Saved Couple

Members of the Otego Fire Department on the scene of a fire at 687 State Highway 205 that destroyed a couple’s home. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – By the time West Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief John Quick got to the scene of last night’s fire at 687 State Highway 205, the house was fully engulfed, but the residents were safe in the neighbor’s driveway across the street.

“They were alerted by the smoke detectors,” he said. “The wife tried to put it out, but it was just too much.”

10 Fire Companies Battle Blaze in West Oneonta

2 Transported To Fox Hospital

10 Fire Companies

Battling Blaze In

West Oneonta

Frank Allen, Bart Clark and Nate Lowe. West Oneonta Fire Department, spray for hot spots in the blaze that destroyed a home on Route 205 in Oneonta earlier this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

East Meredith fire chief David Briggs lights a flare on Route 205, which is closed as 10 fire companies battle a blaze in West Oneonta.

ONEONTA – At this hour, 10 fire companies are on the scene of a house fire just past the intersection of Routes 205 and 23 in Oneonta.

According to senior dispatcher Laurie Devlin, Otsego County 911, the call came in at 7:14 p.m. for a fully involved structure fire at 687 State Highway 205. Oneonta, West Oneonta, Unadilla, Otego, Wells Bridge, Pindars Corners, West Laurens, Mount Vision and Milford all responded to the call.

Otsego Now Grant Application Angers Oneonta

Large Crowd Turns Out

At Natural Gas Hearing

Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky explains his office’s $3 million grant application for a natural gas decompression site in the Oneonta Commerce Park (formerly Pony Farm).  At right is Town Board member Brett Holleran.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

WEST ONEONTA – According to Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky, Oneonta is running out of gas.

“There is no more gas,” said Zakrevsky, summarizing the gravity of the situation.

Oneonta has struggled with its gas supplies for several years, but now the situation is dire. Zakrevsky’s proposed solution: a compressed natural gas decompression station in the Oneonta Commerce Park, the renamed Pony Farm.

Otsego Now submitted a state Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) July 27, hoping to help finance the estimated $17 million project.

Douglas C. Saxton, 84; Retired Math Teacher Wintered In Florida

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas C. Saxton, 84;

Retired Math Teacher Wintered In Florida

Douglas C. Saxton

WEST ONEONTA – Douglas C. Saxton, 84, of West Oneonta and Turtle Lake Development in Naples, Fla., a retired math teacher, died Sept. 9, 2017, at Bassett Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Cooperstown, the son of Harold J. and Iva (McRorie) Saxton of Cooperstown.

Douglas graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1950 and received a B.Sc. degree from State University Teachers College at Oneonta in 1954.  He later did graduate work at Central Connecticut State University.

Helen Sokolowski, 90; Nurse Went Into Dairy Farming Locally

IN MEMORIAM:  Helen Sokolowski, 90;

Nurse Went Into Dairy Farming Locally

NEW LISBON – Helen J. Sokolowski, 90, a nurse who moved to Otsego County in 1971 and went into dairy farming with her husband and son, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
Helen was born in New York City, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cenek) Mahdal on Jan. 17, 1927.

She graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and shortly after married Leonard Sokolowski on Nov. 7, 1948.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 24

Washington’s Leaving Office

Discussed At Lecture Today

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HISTORY – 2 p.m. Learn the story of the presidential election of 1800 and how it changed the United States.  Village Trustee Richard Sternberg lectures on the topic at Woodside hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, call (607)547-0600

CYBERMOBILE – 9:30-9:50 a.m. The Four County Library System brings the mobile, computerized library system. Town Hall Assembly room, 3966 St. Hwy. 23 West Oneonta. Info, 4cls.org/cyberinfo.html

Shelter Tending 36 Rescued Cats

WEST ONEONTA HOME RAIDED

Shelter Tending

36 Rescued Cats

These two cats, in a cage on a feces-covered floor in a West Oneonta home, were among 36 rescued last Thursday and Friday now being tended at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Today, Shelter Director Stacie Haynes wrote an $1,800 check for medications alone for the animals, most of whom are facing at least respiratory problems. The West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department conducted a drive over the weekend for supplies to tend the cats, but the shelter issued a call for emergency donations to help meet the crisis. Donations may be made via PayPal, or checks may be sent to SAS, 4841 NY-28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
These two cats, in a cage on a feces-covered floor in a West Oneonta home, were among 36 rescued last Thursday and Friday now being tended at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Today, Shelter Director Stacie Haynes wrote an $1,800 check for medications alone for the animals, most of whom are facing at least respiratory problems. The West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department conducted a drive over the weekend for supplies to tend the cats, but the shelter issued a call for emergency donations to help meet the crisis. Donations may be made via PayPal, or checks may be sent to SAS, 4841 NY-28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
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Nigel (Ni Ni) Schell, 46; Tailored In Atlantic City, New York City

IN MEMORIAM: Nigel (Ni Ni) Schell, 46;

Tailored In Atlantic City, New York City

Nigel (Ni Ni) Schell
Nigel (Ni Ni) Schell

WEST ONEONTA – Nigel L. Schell (Ni Ni), 46, of West Oneonta, who operating his own tailoring and clothing business in New York City, passed away suddenly on Oct. 8, 2016.

Nigel was born in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 13, 1970, to Oran and Deborah Schell. He attended Atlantic City Public Schools, and received his diploma from an Alternative Education Program in Atlantic County.

At 12, Nigel became an apprentice in a tailor shop in Atlantic City, and continued to hone his skills at Mangano’s Tailor Shop in Atlantic City. He later purchased the tailor shop and became the owner/ operator of Touch of Class Tailoring.

John Dillenbeck, 74; Marine, Retired Amphenol Employee

IN MEMORIAM: John Dillenbeck, 74;

Marine, Retired Amphenol Employee

John C. Dillenbeck
John C. Dillenbeck

WEST ONEONTA – Funeral services for John C. Dillenbeck, 74, of West Oneonta at retired Amphenol employee, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home in Unadilla.

Mr. Dillenbeck died died Sunday, May 22, at Fox Hospital.

He was born on June 25, 1941, in Binghamton, to Harold and Leah (Nichols) Dillenbeck.  He married the former Viola M. (Brown) Butler on March 26, 1964.

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